Even though 2018 has just dawned, Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson announced his decision to seek a second term.

Apperson made his announcement via a post on his personal Facebook page Friday.

“I feel like the momentum’s good,” he told the Triplicate. “I feel like there’s still a lot to do.”

Apperson was a Crescent City Police sergeant when he was elected sheriff in 2014 over incumbent Dean Wilson.

As he looks forward to trying for a second term, Apperson said he wants to continue to strengthen collaborative partnerships, pointing out that a lot has happened in the three years since he has assumed office.

“We’ll be cross-deputizing a (Yurok Tribal Police) officer on Tuesday, which is a big deal because we went through and developed a great MOU that I think is advantageous for the entire community,” Apperson said. “Plus with Wade Owen, (of) the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, he’s moving into phase three as we speak on his field training program. He’s doing great.”

As soon as Owen has completed his field training program, Apperson said he’ll take up patrol in the Smith River area.

Apperson said other partnerships include working with the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services to provide a welfare fraud investigator. He said he’s proud of his explorer’s program. There will also be an announcement soon about a citizen’s academy to teach residents more about how to reduce crime in their neighborhoods, Apperson said.

“I guess the takeaway is the collaborative community partnerships to pool resources and just the fact that I want to do so much more and that I’m just getting started,” he said. “I’m excited. It’s just hard for me to believe that three years has gone by and pretty soon I’ll be in campaign mode again.”

Candidates vying for local office in the June 5 primary election were able to start collecting signatures in lieu of filing fees Dec. 14. Candidates will be able to collect signatures through Feb. 7.

Candidates can begin submitting their nomination papers, declaration of candidacy and filing fees Feb. 12, according to the Del Norte County Elections Office.

In addition to sheriff-coroner, Del Norte voters will cast their ballots for Districts 3 and 4 county supervisor, assessor, auditor-controller, clerk-recorder-registrar of voters, district attorney, superior court judge, superintendent of schools and treasurer-tax collector, according to the elections office.